Jeremy Corbyn 'mulls Iraq trip' as leaked document reveals Labour ideas to cement legacy

Posted On: 
26th January 2020

Leaked documents show Jeremy Corbyn plans to spend his final months as Labour leader cementing his legacy - including with a proposed trip to Iraq.

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According to The Sunday Times, Mr Corbyn will use trips to the north and Midlands to focus on “inspiring young people”.

And a symbolic trip to Baghdad is being considered to promote “anti-imperialism” and promote “solidarity struggles”.

The plans are laid out in a recently drafted document entitled 'Jeremy’s Forward Look Engagement Strategy', the paper reports.

A proposed trip to Iraq is being considered as a sign that Labour should not return to the legacy of Tony Blair or fuel conflict in the Middle East.

On the trip Mr Corbyn hopes to meet officials in Baghdad’s Green Zone, the fortified compound that hosted international forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Other plans reportedly include holding an event for children taking part in climate strikes, a political education scheme to teach working-class voters about socialism and the establishment of a “socialist charter on human rights”.

The Labour leader is set to stand down in April, while backbenchers and members of his Shadow Cabinet vie to succeed him.

Upon standing down as Leader, Mr Corbyn will continue as an MP for Islington North while also launching his own organisation called the For The Many Foundation.

A source close to Corbyn told The Sunday Times the plans were suggestions rather than agreed events.